Public meeting to discuss Gayton school move plan

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Proposals for a multi-million pound re-location of a West Norfolk village school will be unveiled at a meeting tomorrow.

An information event will be held at the Gayton Primary School on Wednesday, between 3 and 6pm, about the proposal.

Meanwhile, an exhibition of plans for dozens of new homes near the existing school site will take place today at the village hall, between 3 and 6.45pm.

Although no plans have yet been published, Norfolk County Council officials say they intend to move the school from its existing Lynn Road site to land at the corner of Back Street and Winch Road in 2017.

Talks are underway between Norfolk County Council and the landowners and the authority hopes to submit a planning application in the new year. If approved, work on the scheme, which is expected to cost around £4.5 million, could begin as next summer.

Since its conversion to an all-through primary school in 2011, the school has been using temporary classrooms to accommodate its pupils.

Headteacher Rachael Greenhalgh said: “As staff, we are very excited about the prospect of this new school build.

“We have been waiting a long time to get to this stage, but looking at the plans and location it has certainly been worth the wait.

“We have a fantastic staff at Gayton and we are very pleased that the majority of our wonderful children will benefit from this new build.

“At Gayton we provide an enriched curriculum, and with our increasing numbers, the new site will enable us to continue giving the children of our school ever widening opportunities and be the best that they can be.”

The village’s county councillor, Toby Coke, added: “Gayton School has adapted fantastically to become a primary school but these new facilities are essential if the school is to continue to grow and thrive.

“I would encourage anyone interested to come along to the planning event and give their early views on the proposals so that they can shape the future planning application.”

Display boards about the project will remain on show at the school until the end of November.

Anyone who wishes to see them can contact the school 0n 01553 636267.